In April, four young shooters from Sedbergh Prep arrived at the Armoury to join the Sedbergh Senior Squad for its Easter training camp.

Over the following week, the team trained at Bisley, the historic home of British shooting and trained in the sport of Target Rifle, buoyed on by news of the Home Nations clean sweep in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Shooting at ranges between 300 and 1000 yards, the four developed their marksmanship skills as well as their understanding of shooting safety and the technical aspects of the sport, including judging the wind and coaching other shooters.

The Sedbergh squad were training as part of our campaign for the Ashburton (the National Schools Championship), which is held in July, and as part of our shooters’ individual development towards county and international representation. The team have, just a few weeks ago, been crowned North-West Regional Champions and most recently placed 3rd in the Ashburton. 

Recently, Keira, Captain of the Sedbergh Prep Target Sports team was selected to shoot in the Sedbergh VIII against the Royal Air Force, where she recorded the team’s highest score at the long ranges of 900 and 1000 yards. Since joining the team Keira has learned to shoot with air rifle, air pistols and smallbore (relatively low-powered rifles which are used indoors) rifle: this Easter Bisley was her first encounter with fullbore (high-powered long-range outdoor) shooting.

Shooting Master, Sam Sharma said; ‘It was a pleasure to see the Sedbergh Prep School shooters integrate seamlessly into the team: all four proved more than equal to their senior counterparts in skill, enthusiasm and maturity. We at Sedbergh look forward to seeing them represent the Brown in many matches to come’.

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